October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Stand Up and make a difference by raising awareness for bullying prevention! Join STOMP Out Bullying™ and Dreams in Heels this Monday, October 6th, for Blue Shirt Day® World Day Of Bullying Prevention! GO BLUE and make Monday October 6th the day bullying prevention is heard all over the world. The main hashtag that you can use is #GOBLUE2EndBullying2014 and also use #DIHEndBullying2014 to join the conversation.
HOW WEARING A BLUE T-SHIRT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Donning your blue shirt this Monday is a great way to take a stand against bullying and of reminding your peers about the pressures brought on to others by hurting others, physically or emotionally. You will also remind the victims of your strong repudiation towards bullying. We need to stand against this daily issue that marks the lives of thousands of children. Let’s help build a better, abuse-free future. The initiative of wearing a blue shirt is just one small step towards a bigger goal. You might be surprised how much wearing a blue shirt can do, as small things really can make a difference. The Blue Shirt Day® World Day Of Bullying Prevention program offers hope for every student who experiences the harmful effects of all forms of bullying and teaches parents to keep open communication with their kids and teens and to look for signs of bullying. It also educates school administrators across the country.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH BULLYING
I’ve had my own share of bullying when I was younger. Many times, I came home crying. There were times I felt scared like I couldn’t be myself around other students. It was easier for me to be myself around teachers and adults. I could engage in a conversation easier with them. I also felt more of a connection. Adults always called me an old soul, while kids criticized my curly hair, called me ugly, ‘witch’ and many other names. They also laughed at the way I spoke. They said I didn’t sound like I was from my own hometown, I guess because of the fact that even though I was raised in Puerto Rico, my mother is Puerto Rican but I came from a Cuban father. He wasn’t there during my upbringing, but certain things are born with you. I grew up feeling like I did not belong to my island. It was a very frightening and empty feeling. What it did help me was engaging in extra curricular activities, such as karate, dancing, playing an instrument, drawing, etc. I also used music and writing as my therapy. I used to write poetry since I was 11 years old. I turned the negative into positive by embracing my talents, even though inside of me there were times that I used to break down. Also (and many people don’t know this about me), I was born with a tendon condition in my legs, which makes me walk on my tippy toes since I was born. Kids laughed at the way I walked, and at some point during elementary school I even had boots with metal braces. Still, I embrace the way I was born by wearing high heels! People wonder how I can walk on high heels all day and so perfectly. Here is your answer, “I am living my dreams in heels.” Heels are my source of power, confidence and they represent me. Dreams in Heels is my way to empower others not only through the fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle platform but also through giving back to others.
My advise to you is to find your purpose and embrace your talents, your passion and who you are. If you still need advise, help or someone to talk to you, I am here as well. I know that many of us do not have the support of others. I am grateful and blessed to always had the support of my mom, my sister and my brother, but I know many kids that do not have that support system when they come home. This is part of the reason why suicide rates are on the rise.
We need to support organizations like STOMP Out Bullying, Born this way, Kind Campaign and many other amazing entities that are trying to address this global issue. It makes me happy to know that kids nowadays have more resources, such as workshops, campaigns, testimonials, etc. to voice their concerns and hear others in their same situation. It’s important to recognize that everyone is capable of bully and to be bullied. At different moments in our lives, we all play both roles. You might not understand or see how much you are affecting someone’s life by your verbal abuse, cyber abuse, hatred, violence, racism and homophobia. Let’s stop this by bringing awareness and educating kids, teens, parents and schools about the issue of bullying.
LET’S TAKE ACTION NOW!
TOMORROW, Monday October 6th 2014 is Blue Shirt Day® World Day Of Bullying Prevention! Tell everyone you know to wear a BLUE Shirt. Let’s put an end to bullying, cyberbullying, other cyber abuse, hatred, racism and homophobia and STOMP Out Bullying everywhere! In schools, communities, at work, & on social media pages. It doesn’t matter what shirt you wear on October 6th as long as it’s BLUE!! #GoBlue2EndBullying2014 #DIHEndBullying2014.